As the number of cases of COVID-19 slowly starts to trend downwards in many countries, governments around the globe have started looking at options to reopen their economies while continuing to implement best practices to continue the downward trajectory. Many health experts have warned against premature reopening however, with rising concerns about a possible second wave of infections due to relaxed containment measures.

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“Multiple states across the US have relaxed government stay-at-home orders, allowing many non-essential businesses to reopen” says Dr. Albert Chmielewski. As a family physician from Kansas City, he has seen first-hand the devastating effects of COVID-19 on patients and their families. …


Family practitioners often serve as the primary point of contact for most healthcare situations. While an emergency room doctor or walk-in clinic physician can treat one’s immediate physical ailments, family practitioners provide continuity of care, taking into account one’s psycho social and emotional well-being to offer recommendations tailored to their lifestyle.

“Family doctors specialize in providing lifelong care” states, Dr. Albert Chmielewski. Establishing a trusting relationship with your healthcare professional allows them to accurately assess your symptoms and concerns; taking the associated medical history into account and using this information to implement prudent preventive measures.

Dr. Albert Chmielewski takes the time to discuss the importance of acquiring a family physician, and why they are a vital component to one’s individual healthcare plan. …


To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many healthcare providers have closed their clinics and have canceled many upcoming appointments for the foreseeable future. Dr. Albert Chmielewski a family physician based out of Kansas City, Kansas understands the need to flatten the curve, and he, like thousands of other physicians across the country, have been providing patients alternative options for care. By utilizing services such as Telemedicine, physicians can carry out patient visits remotely, foregoing the need for traditional office visits. …


As the COVID-19 pandemic grips countries around the world, individuals are remaining at home due to enforced lock downs and fears surrounding the virus. Kansas-based family physician, Dr. Albert Chmielewski, claims that many of his patients are curious as to what steps they can take to further protect themselves from the novel coronavirus. Apart from practicing social distancing and ensuring proper hygiene, he states that there are various ways to boost your immune system to aid in fighting off pathogens such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Diet

As humans, our most important source of vitamins and nutrients is from our diet and the foods that we consume. Nutrients and vitamins are essential for proper function of all cells in the body, including those involved in our immune system. Dr. Albert Chmielewski suggests following the Dietary Guidelines which can be found on health.gov to maximize the intake of important micro and macro nutrients. Proper portions of proteins, fruits, and vegetables provide the foundation needed to support our immune system and the rest of our body. Certain foods, such as citrus foods (oranges, clementines, and lemons) help provide Vitamin C in high amounts, nuts and certain vegetables contain large quantities of Vitamin E; these vitamins, and a variety of other vitamins and micro nutrients, should be consumed in adequate amounts as they serve an important role in our innate and adaptive immune systems. For patients who are unable to eat certain foods, a daily multivitamin can help provide sufficient levels of most vitamins and minerals. However, Dr. Albert Chmielewski does note that taking large doses of these vitamins to compensate for an unhealthy diet has not proven to be effective, and should be avoided. …


Dr. Albert Chmielewski was born in Poland and lived there until he was 10 years old, at which time he and his family moved to the United States and settled in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Chmielewski graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Kansas and subsequently obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from Poznan University of Medical Sciences. After finishing a family medicine residency at Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation in Iowa, he moved back to Kansas to practice medicine.

What do you love most about the industry you are in?

Working as a physician in the healthcare industry is challenging yet rewarding. Every day is different because every patient is different. One of the greatest aspects of the field of medicine is that it has such a wide variety of areas to specialize in and positions for almost all education levels; allowing people from all walks of life to come together and make a positive impact on patients’ lives. …


Given the high volume of patients that family physicians tend to weekly, it should come as no surprise that they encounter a wide range of questions. Although most pertain to certain treatment options, Dr. Albert Chmielewski states that there are various questions he is asked on a regular basis. A family doctor from Johnson County Kansas, he takes the time to outline the top 10 inquiries he receives from patients.

1. I am looking for a family doctor, are you accepting new patients?

One of the most common questions asked by new patients, states Dr. Albert Chmielewski. He explains that not all clinics have the capacity to accept new patients at all times. When a new patient moves to a new area, they often are in need of a new physician; he is frequently asked if he is accepting new patients at his clinic, as patients want to establish a base for their primary care needs. Most patients will be happy to hear that many clinics now have protocols in place that state a clinic must have at least one provider that is accepting new patients, and Dr. …


It is estimated that almost 25% of all office visits to see a doctor in the United States are to see a family physician, equaling more than 200 million appointments annually. With this staggering number of visits, some patients wonder what it is exactly that a family doctor does and what their role and responsibilities entail. While specialists and internists all have a defined role and specific subject area of practice, family doctors oversee all aspects of healthcare, for any age, gender, or illness.

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Career Path

Dr. Albert Chmielewski, a family doctor from Kansas, explains that the road to becoming a physician takes years of extensive training and education. After completing high school, students apply to colleges, usually for a degree in the sciences. While completing undergraduate studies, students must pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and then apply for medical school. During the final year of medical school, students apply for residency training in Family Medicine. Upon completion of residency training, physicians are allowed to then practice on their volition; in a private clinic, joining a larger private practice, or may even go into educating other residents in large university centers. A family physician may stay in general practice, or can specialize in fields such as Women’s Health, Geriatrics, or even Sports Medicine. …

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